Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic Kicks Off the Summer in the Colorado Mountains

Camille Brodard

While Aspen is renowned as one of Colorado’s premier winter destinations, its allure extends well into the warmer months. Throughout the summer, Aspen hosts several can’t-miss celebrations that draw large crowds of visitors. Among these, the Food & Wine Classic stands out as a pinnacle event, showcasing the area’s world-class culinary scene.

The Food & Wine Classic, a longstanding annual event in Aspen, beckons foodies and industry luminaries alike for several days of gastronomic delight. The festival will run from June 14th to 16th across hotels and parks throughout the city, with the epicenter of excitement occurring at the Grand Tasting Pavilion in Wagner Park. 

More than 70 culinary experts have already confirmed their participation in the festival’s lineup of events, including live demonstrations, panel discussions, curated tastings, and celebrity chef appearances. 

At the heart of the action lies the Grand Tasting Pavilion, a vast tent bustling with over 150 exhibitors showcasing food, wine, beer, and spirits. With such a diverse selection, there will be something to satisfy every palate. 

An array of events and seminars await at the Food & Wine Classic. Join wine expert Anthony Giglio on the Tasting Tour of the Tents, where attendees can move from table to table, sampling delicious wines endorsed by the expert. Also, the Best New Chefs Reunion Cookout promises an outdoor culinary adventure atop Aspen Mountain. There, award-winning chefs take charge of the grill, serving up delectable bites, while refreshing beverages are on hand to complement the experience.

The seminars and panels offer an invaluable opportunity to obtain insights from acclaimed industry experts as they perform live demonstrations of their craft. Topics span a wide spectrum, from hosting an Indian dinner party to the art of pairing sparkling wine with a broad range of flavors. The Ladies Firsts seminar spotlights the achievements of highly successful female winemakers. With dozens of captivating sessions on offer, there’s something to intrigue every palate.

Tickets for the Food & Wine Classic are available online, with several packages to choose from. The Consumer pass, priced at $2,950, includes general access to the Grand Tasting Pavilion throughout the weekend, as well as registration for various seminars and demonstrations.